On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she'd ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.
After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”
It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.
Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.
Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.
Renee's life is normal until one day on the way home from the beach she finds her parents both dead in the woods. From that day on Renee's life is forever changed. having to move with her grandfather, she is forced into a new state & school, where she learns can't help but fall for Dante...the boy who doesn't talk to anyone else :) Renee learns that things aren't always what or whom they seem.
This book had me right from the beginning. I felt for Renee having to find her parents and then being uprooted to a whole another state away from her friends. I enjoyed the plot of the story with the building up to what Gottfried and Renee's family truly are. I thought that the story was kind of dragged out in parts giving too much information on the daily school activities. However, with that being said I absolutely loved the fact that the school is for Zombies! Yes they teach them to live normal lives and to not go suck the souls out of everyone.